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The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 10 March 2013 (USA)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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Sini Anderson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Hanna ... Herself
Tammy Rae Carland Tammy Rae Carland ... Herself
Kathryn Wilcox Kathryn Wilcox ... Herself (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail Tobi Vail ... Herself
Billy Karren Billy Karren ... Himself (archive footage)
Becca Albee Becca Albee ... Herself
Corin Tucker ... Herself
Allison Wolfe Allison Wolfe ... Herself (as Allison C. Wolfe)
Ann Powers Ann Powers ... Herself, music critic
Lynn Breedlove Lynn Breedlove ... Herself (as Lynnee Breedlove)
Sara Marcus Sara Marcus ... Herself, author of 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution'
Carrie Brownstein ... Herself
Joan Jett ... Herself
Kim Gordon ... Herself
Jennifer Baumgardner Jennifer Baumgardner ... Herself
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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10 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$24,729, 1 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,418, 10 January 2014
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Kathleen Hanna: I just think there's this certain assumption that when a man tells the truth, it's the truth. And when, as a woman, I go to tell the truth, I feel like I have to negotiate the way I'll be perceived. Like I feel like there's always the suspicion around a woman's truth. The idea that you're exaggerating.
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Soundtracks

Lil' Red
Written by Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Tobi Vail, Kathryn Wilcox (as Kathi Wilcox)
Performed by Bikini Kill
Courtesy of Bikini Kill Records
From the album "Pussy Whipped"
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I Never Knew This Kathleen Hanna
10 December 2013 | by notbrickSee all my reviews

While I listened to Bikini Kill and Le Tigre I never sought out that much info on Kathleen Hanna, especially since that was much harder to find in Bikini Kill's active years. Watching this documentary made me fantasize about going back in time and begging Bikini Kill to let me carry their equipment before quietly slipping away so they could have all female Riot Grrrl meetings.

Nothing is left out that needed saying. The trauma of her past is acknowledged without morbidity, and her success is tempered by the realities of Bikini Kill's grueling tour life. The movie does a great job of giving equal time to her days with Le Tigre and Julie Ruin, as well as her relationship with Adrock.

I have to admit I found myself a little ashamed of how stricken I was by just how beautiful Hanna is and was. I know this movie isn't about her looks but I hadn't seen most of the live show footage before and honestly I was taken aback. The movie doesn't shy away from acknowledging how Kathleen used her sexuality on stage and the criticisms against her by those who thought a feminist had a responsibility to be non-sexual.

This movie is a must for anyone who loves punk, American feminism, riot grrrls, or ever had their lip split open in a pit.


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